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SB (FWO) application in Plant proteins that assist in viral replication

 KU Leuven  3000 Leuven
Project
The project aims to establish a proof of concept for a novel strategy to identify plant proteins that physically interact with viral genomes and are required for viral replication and spread. This strategy uses a newly established UV cross-linking protocol to specifically induce covalent bonds between viral (RNA) genomes and host plant proteins in vivo. Subsequent highly specific probe-based isolation of viral RNA - protein complexes will allow the identification of the cross-linked plant peptides using mass spectrometry. After validation of the viral RNA - plant protein interaction in living plant cells and the subsequent assessment of a role of the plant protein in assisting viral replication, the interaction will be disrupted through targeted mutations in the corresponding plant genes. The proposed procedure could be expected to identify dominant plant genes with a function in virus susceptibility. Corresponding recessive alleles may provide allelic sources of resistance that do not affect the biochemical function in the plant. Modified plants will be phenotyped for increased virus tolerance/resistance and general performance. 

Profile
We will fund the student for three months to apply for a competitive SB (FWO) scholarship. This requires a thoroughly prepared proposal, great communicative skills and strong motivation. A formal requirement is that you graduated with distinction in a masters program relevant for the application and that you have a EU passport. 
http://www.fwo.be/en/fellowships-funding/phd-fellowships/doctoral-(phd)-grant-strategic-basic-research-(sb)/

Offer
Three month scholarship to apply for SB (FWO).

Interested?
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Koen Geuten, tel.: +32 16 32 15 41, mail: koen.geuten@kuleuven.be.You can apply for this job no later than August 15, 2016 via the online application tool.

How to apply:
Interested?
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Koen Geuten, tel.: +32 16 32 15 41, mail: koen.geuten@kuleuven.be.You can apply for this job no later than August 15, 2016 via the online application tool.
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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Koen Geuten, tel.: +32 16 32 15 41, mail: koen.geuten@kuleuven.be .
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: BAP-2016-416

About KU Leuven

KU Leuven is an ambitious, international and research-oriented university. Internally, the university tries to maintain a balance between the power of the big ship and the flotilla of small, mobile, independent vessels of which it is composed. KU Leuven is home to a lot of creative, young and academic talent. As a leading university in Europe, it is looking for staff who can think outside the box.

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